Update on Phil’s Training

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Susan and I supported the cyclists as they climbed the Alps, some excelling by riding up Col du Galibier then all cycling up Alpe d’Huez. A rewarding accomplishment. The next day we watched the Tour de France start of Stage 14 at Grenoble.

After leaving our local guides to look after the riders we headed north-east. Stayed in a BnB with not much sleep and so only ran 10km the next day. At Lake Constance in Germany we visited a friend then went on to Innsbruck – a beautiful ski village at the foot of the Tyrolean Mountains in Austria. Ran 25km through the early morning, running through the city then on to country roads climbing alongside the mountains.

Next stop was Prague – a vibrant place with tourists everywhere. I ran through the city and surrounding hills from 5am til 8:45am – approx 30km. Felt good with no soreness. Susan and I walked through many little villages that we visited along the way, steeped in history, however the Heidelberg Castle is the most inspiring building – Gothic architecture with impeccable grounds. We walked and walked and talked until midnight until a big thunderstorm came in sending us home to sleep.

Not much time left here in Europe but a few places to see before we board the plane for home.

Thanks so much for all of the thoughts and donations to Kate.

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